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Here’s episode 68, Space Waves, the second of three Theatre Intangible presentations, performed live at Gallery F on August 27th, 2011. The performances all sought to bridge the gap between science and art. You can hear the first wave, Brainwaves, on podcast 67. The third, Art Waves, will be on the podcast next week.
For Space Waves, a three-piece jazz ensemble inspired by Don Cherry’s world fusion period meditates on the planets. This theme was entirely conceived and composed by the participants: Jamison Sevits on trumpet/flugelhorn, Randy Hunt on upright bass, and Matt Aurand on percussion.
Ken Soper and Dylan Simon make analog synthesizer music . . . WITH THEIR MINDS!!!
Sabine Schlunk from Gallery F asked me to curate the music portion for the August 27th opening reception of the exhibition Figure 1: Scientists and Artists Picture the Intangible. The T.I. crew ended up doing a total of three improvs (the second, a jazz love letter to the planets helmed by Jamison Sevitts; the third, an ode to art and the philosophy of George Braque directed by Craig Schenker).
The first was “Brainwaves,” a collaboration between KEN SOPER, DYLAN SIMON, and myself. Ken has been experimenting with a Teletron — Robert Schneider’s hacked Mindflex toy that outputs one’s thoughts to control voltage. He put on a phenomenal proof-of-concept set at the Tim Kaiser Noa Noa house show earlier this year. For this performance, we decided to use TWO Teletrons. I very hastily hacked the one that’s been lying in my basement for a year, and Dylan Simon took the controls. The result is a visual and auditory experiment-gone-right. Enjoy.
Watch the below clip for a great introduction by Ken Soper. Stay tuned for podcasts of the night’s other two improvs.